Accreditation

Worcester State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Association applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the Association:

NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
3 BURLINGTON WOODS DRIVE #100
BURLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01803

(617) 729-6762

The following graduate programs are accredited by their respective professional organizations:

  • Nursing, The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
  • Speech-Language Pathology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
  • Occupational Therapy, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education;
  • Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • and Education-School Psychology, DESE, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Please refer to department chapters for addresses and telephone numbers of the accrediting organizations.

Graduate Programs with Professional Accreditation

Graduate Program Accrediting Body
Speech-Language Pathology • Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association • Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Occupational Therapy • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
Nursing • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) • Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Education • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for Initial Licensure Teacher Education
Education - School Psychology • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)